Category Archives: Writing

Historical Fiction Reading: A Perfect Stone

 

For those of you in Melbourne next Thursday (11 April 2019)  you’re invited to come along to the Prahran Mechanics Institute for a 6:00pm start to hear me read from A Perfect Stone. With me will be Ella Carey, International best selling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule.

Afterwards there will be an ‘open mic’ session where anyone is welcome to read a short passage from either their own work, or a favourite passage from another author.

I’d love to see a friendly face in the crowd. It’s free, but please do book.

Details are below-:

Event Details
5.30pm for 6.00pm start, Thursday 11 April 2019.
Prahran Mechanics Institute
39 St Edmunds Rd, Prahran.

Ticketing
Tickets (free) can be booked from Trybooking:
https://www.trybooking.com/book/event…
Everyone is invited to join us for dinner at a local restaurant at the end of the event (7.00pm).

Who are we?
Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) promotes the writing of historical fiction in Australia and New Zealand. Our flagship event is our biennial conference – 25-27 October 2019, Western Sydney University Paramatta).

Local chapters exist in various cities of Australia. The Melbourne Chapter hosts a monthly lunch and an Events series – all intended to promote networking and support amongst aspiring, emerging and established writers.

For More Information:
Go to our Facebook event page: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/hnsamelbourne
Melbourne Chapter: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242775092782782/
HNSA: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HNSAustralasia/

The Forgotten Macedonians

 

Many of you have read my latest novel, A Perfect Stone and told me that it piqued your interest for more information, not only about what happened during the Greek Civil War, but also about the history of Macedonians during the last one hundred years. BBC News have drawn attention to this in an article dated 24 February 2019 in the link below.

The BBC does a great job to explain about Aegean Macedonians, forgotten and invisible, still living in Northern Greece, who have been largely ignored in the recent dialogue about the ratification of the new name of Northern Macedonia. It’s an important article about the history of Macedonians in Greece and I hope it helps to give you further clarity.

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47258809

Just thought I’d share this lovely news. I wrote a post not so long ago  about book covers and here we are with a lovely acknowledgement for the brilliant Jonny Lynch. 

Congratulations to Jonny Lynch and S.C. Karakaltsas for winning a Gold Star Award in the E-Book Cover Design Awards for December 2018. There were 51 submissions from all over the world for fiction covers and seven were selected for the coveted Gold Star Award by The Book Designer. Jonny Lynch explained in his submission, […]

via Award for A Perfect Stone — karadiepublishing

A Perfect Stone by S.C. Karakaltsas

Why are readers talking about A Perfect Stone?

Is it because  almost 38000 Greek and Macedonian children were forcibly wrenched away from their homes and their families during the Greek Civil War and no-one seems to know about this little slice of history?

A Perfect Stone is a sweeping tale of survival, loss and love.

Eighty-year old Jim’s suppressed memories surface in the most unimaginable way when he finally confronts what happened when, as a ten-year-old boy, he was forced at gunpoint to leave his family and trek barefoot through the mountains to escape the Greek Civil War in 1948.

On sale at .99c on Kindle only until 21 January 2019. Get a copy while you can at this exclusive price.

Reading, Raving and Reviewing for 2019

 

I’ve been sorting out my reading  for 2019. My Goodreads Challenge is set at 30 for the year and although it’s down on what I actually achieved in 2018, I like to set myself an achievable goal.

I’ve finished two books so far (The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton and The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein – reviews to come ) and have started a  list to keep me out of mischief during the year. So to give you an idea, here’s some of them.

  1. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  2. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  3. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  4. Beartown by Frederik Backman
  5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  6. The Corset by Laura Purcell
  7. Imperfect by Lee Kofman
  8. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  9. Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
  10. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  11. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  12. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  13. Milkman by Anna Burns
  14. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  15. The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
  16. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

There’s some long books in this list and some very good ones so I’m excited to get right into it.
Watch out for my reviews in 2019. Do you have any suggestions for books to get me to my goal of 30?

Do you judge a book by its cover?



When I was flying back to Melbourne a few weeks ago from Sydney, I sat next to a bookseller. We chatted about all sorts of books and found our opinions rarely differed on books we’d read. I was interested to know how she chose books to read. In a lowered voice she admitted to often choosing a book because of its cover. Gasp!!

It made me think about my own choices. I  tend to choose books because of reviews or word of mouth recommendations or the back cover blurb. However, I admit that I do like the look of a cover and while I sit here contemplating my book shelf my eye unashamedly drifts to the spine with the brightest cover which happens to be the Museum of Modern Love. I didn’t buy it because I loved the cover, I chose it because it had won the Stella Prize in 2017. Yet it’s cover is hypnotically enticing. The geometric shapes and dominant red colour draws the eye. I probably would have bought it without the award because it stood out.

Let’s face it. A good cover is a sales tool, like the dress in the window of a shop. If it looks good, you’re enticed to check it out. So all the hype and advice around getting yourself a good cover is correct.

When looking at my own publications I confess to agonising over the cover but as a writer careful with her newborn, I can’t always see if the cover is actually any good. Feedback is always positive because no-one wants to tell you that your baby is ugly, do they?

For A Perfect Stone, I have had a lot of positive feedback about the cover and quite unsolicited so perhaps I am on the right track. I am proud of the cover by Jonny Lynch (https://jonnylynchgraphics.wixsite.com/media) who I think did a great job for his first ever book cover venture. He was extremely patient, understanding and listened to my vision which is particularly important for a cover designer. Hopefully it will be the first of many for him. And if you like it, visit his webpage.

So it’s confession time, do covers make a difference to you?

Behind the Pen with S.C. Karakaltsas

I was lucky enough to be Theresa Smith’s guest where I talk about insights into my writing process and of course my new release, A Perfect Stone.

Theresa Smith Writes

Welcome to Behind the Pen. Today my guest is S.C. Karakaltsas, here to share some insight into her writing process along with the details of her forthcoming novel, A Perfect Stone. Over to you Sylvia!


When did you start writing and what was the catalyst?

author pic745116330..jpgI spent many years in the corporate world before I accidentally discovered writing in 2014. I say it was an accident because I’d never set out with an intention to write. It hadn’t been a childhood dream or a lifelong goal. After my father passed away, I found a bunch of letters he’d written as a young man to my grandmother when he went to work on a phosphate island in the middle of the Pacific in 1948.

I began typing the letters to preserve them for the family. But as I typed, a story began to unfold as he mentioned snippets about labour unrest…

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